almotamar.net google news - The Republic of Yemen affirmed in Damascus Sunday that the challenges facing the Arab nation at this stage necessitate that all should enhance Arab solidarity and activate mechanisms of the Arab joint action.
In Yemen's address to the Arab summit delivered by Yemen's Vice-President Abid Rabu Mansour Hadi Sunday before the beginning of the closing session of the Arab summit in Damascus he said future of "our nation is dependent on the extent of its leaders' capability of finding practical solutions to various issues and challenges that are confronting it at the current circumstances in future."
The Vice-President said," Not treating the Arab issues with the spirit of frankness and giving priority of regional interests to the nationalist interests has led to occurrence of many of the current problems we are experiencing at present in the Arab-Arab relations and that led to distances in visions reflected on such meetings at the level of summit and others and impeded the reaching of the purposes of them."
Vice-President Hadi added that in order to achieve convergence, solidarity and integration among the Arab countries and to avoid the possibility that holding the summit to be a cause for any embarrassment for the hoist country, regarding the agenda and the level of results coming out of the summit Yemen proposed that headquarters of the Arab League to be the permanent venue fore holding the Arab summits annually provided that each country bears the expenses of its delegation and that to be alternative for Arab capitals hosting of Arab summits.
On the other hand the head of the Yemeni delegation to Damascus summit Mr Hadi stressed the necessity of establishment of the Arab economic integration leading to interrelationship of interests among the Arab peoples and states. He has also called for establishment of an Arab body for nuclear energy and its use for peaceful purposes especially in electric power generation and building Arab common projects in this field. Furthermore, the Yemeni Vice-President called for establishment of an Arab Fund for Development where each Arab country contributes to it according to its national income for serving goals of development in the Arab homeland.
The Vice-President pointed out the efforts exerted by Yemen for healing the rift of the Palestinian rank out of its keenness on enhancing the unity of the Palestinian rank and those efforts were embodied by the initiative of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
He has also reiterated Yemen's demand from the international community, especially the United States of America and the Quartet Committee for exercising pressure on Israel to stop its repeated aggression and ending its unjust blockade against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip, to stop building the separation wall and to respond to establishment of just and comprehensive peace on the basis of international legitimacy resolutions concerning the Arab Israeli conflict.
He has also called on all Iraqi political and social parties to serious national dialogue and to give priority to Iraq interest in order to build democratic, free and independent Iraq.
On Lebanon the vice-president urged the Lebanese brothers for accord among them for the election of president for the republic and oversteps the division and then move to implement articles of the Arab initiative. He announced Yemen stand by Sudan in the manner safeguarding its security, stability and unity. He has also reiterated Yemen's stand by the people of Somalia and the help for the transitional government in its efforts for rebuilding institutions of the Somali state and its reconstruction.
Vice-President Hadi stressed the importance of joining the forces of all for the elimination of terror, confirming Yemen's vision of confronting terror and that it should not be confined to just military decision but there must be elimination of climates encouraging terror particularly the work for fighting poverty, unemployment and achievement of international justice. He has also condemned strongly the repeated insult to the Islamic religion and the Prophet Mohammed, demanding for international legislations preventing offending religious sanctities and beliefs.
On the other hand the Damascus Arab Summit wrapped up it two-day meetings in the Syrian capital and issued a Damascus Declaration.
A Damascus Declaration -- which Arab League chief Amr Mussa read out at the end of the two-day summit -- called on Lebanon to elect a consensus president and re-endorsed an Arab initiative for peace with Israel.
They also urged Iraq "to disband all militias without exception... and speed up the building and training of the Iraqi armed and security forces... in preparation for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq."
The leaders called on Arab states to bolster their diplomatic representation in Iraq by opening up embassies in the war-torn country.
On Lebanon, "Arab leaders stress their commitment to the Arab initiative to solve the Lebanese crisis, and call on Lebanese leaders to elect consensus candidate General Michel Sleiman at the time agreed," in the final resolutions.
They also called in their resolutions, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, for the strained ties between Lebanon and its former powerbroker Syria to be put "on the right path".
Feuding Lebanese politicians should "decide on the basis for forming a national unity cabinet", in line with an Arab League initiative to end Lebanon's worst political crisis since the end of a 1975-1990 civil war.
Half the leaders of the 22-member Arab League, including the heads of state of heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Egypt as well as Jordan, boycotted the Damascus summit, blaming Syria for Lebanon's protracted crisis.
Washington had urged its allies to think twice before attending the summit, accusing Syria of blocking Lebanon's presidential election.
But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied charges of meddling in Lebanon in his opening address on Saturday.
"It is the contrary which is true because pressure has been exerted on Syria for over a year to interfere in Lebanon's affairs" but Damascus has refused, he said. "They have their nation, their institutions, their constitution."
Lebanon has been without a president since November.
The rival factions have agreed in principle to elect army chief Sleiman as the next president, in line with the Arab initiative, but have been feuding over the formation of a new government.
A parliamentary session to elect a new president has been set for April 22, after 17 previous postponements.
Arab leaders at their boycott-hit meeting in the Syrian capital also renewed an offer to normalise ties with Israel if the Jewish state withdrew from occupied Arab lands.
The summit "stressed its insistence on maintaining the Arab initiative for peace which represents the main launch pad for resolving the different aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict", according to the final resolutions.
The Saudi-inspired initiative for peace with Israel was first launched at a Beirut summit in 2002 and reactivated in Riyadh last year.
Israeli leaders have spoken of the "positive aspects" of the Arab initiative but it was never formally endorsed by the Jewish state, which rejects a clause calling for the return of Palestinian refugees.
In 2007 the opposition Yemen Congregation for Reform (Islah) Islamic oriented Party maintained its having political and media sway over the Joint meeting Parties (JMP) block, also consisting of Yemen Socialist Party and the Nasserite Unionist Organisation.
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